Netflix strikes first, confirms Season 4 of ‘Cobra Kai’

Although it initially began life on YouTube, ‘Cobra Kai’ has proven to be a huge success for Netflix since it shifted to there in recent months.

In fact, Netflix is so confident in the series that it’s already confirmed a fourth season of the show, ahead of the third season kicking off on the service this coming January. The first two seasons landed on Netflix only in June, but has since become one of the streaming service’s most popular TV shows.

A sequel to ‘The Karate Kid’ movie series, and starring none other than William Zabka and Ralph Macchio in their original roles, ‘Cobra Kai’ was initially a success for YouTube and racked up 20 million views in its first week back in 2018. However, YouTube has since bailed on scripted content, instead returning to non-scripted, reality-style shows.

Picking up where ‘The Karate Kid’ left off, ‘Cobra Kai’ sees Johnny Lawrence as a down-and-out handyman who decides to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo after successfully defending his teenager next-door neighbour. This, of course, reawakens his feud with Danny LaRusso, whom he lost to in the 1984 All-Valley Karate Tournament. As he bonds with his students in Cobra Kai, Johnny Lawrence begins to change the dojo for the better – until his old sensei, John Kreese, turns up to bring it back to its ruthless origins.

Yes, that might all sound like it’s a little over-the-top and kind of cheesy, but the truth is that it works strangely well. Not only that, they’re leaning into the humour of it all and you can’t really watch a show that unironically blasts ‘You’re The Best’ and not be taken up by it.

Here’s the announcement video for Season 3 and 4.

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Minorities Hit Hardest When COVID Strikes Nursing Homes | Health News

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter


TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Minority residents of U.S. nursing homes and assisted living communities have been especially hard hit in the coronavirus pandemic, two University of Rochester studies show.

The first found that nursing homes with higher percentages of racial and ethnic minority residents reported two to four times more new COVID-19 cases and deaths compared to others for the week of May 25.

The number of confirmed new COVID-19 cases each week averaged 1.5 in facilities with the highest proportion of minority residents, compared with 0.4 cases per facility among those with a low proportion.

The findings are based on data reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by nearly 15,600 nursing homes. They suggest that persistent inequalities in facilities with limited resources and poor quality of care are being “exacerbated by the pandemic,” study leader Yue Li, professor of public health sciences, said in a university news release.

As of July 30, 362,000 people in U.S. nursing homes were infected with the virus — about 8% of all cases nationwide. At least 62,000 nursing home residents died of COVID-19, representing 41% of coronavirus deaths nationally.

The second study found that COVID-19 deaths in assisted living communities in seven states were four times higher than in the counties where they’re located.

The findings are based on data from Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, the Carolinas, New York and Ohio that publicly reported COVID-19 data from nursing homes and residential care settings through May 29.

In those states, the percentage of COVID-19 deaths ranged from 3.32% in North Carolina to 9.26% in Connecticut, while the percentage of COVID-19 deaths in assisted living communities in those states ranged from 12.89% to 31.59% — although fewer than 10% of assisted living communities reported

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